The Walker College Foundation (WCF) recently announced the establishment of the Dr. Jack L. Mott Endowed Scholarship Fund. The newly endowed scholarship fund is comprised of gifts from family, community members and the board of trustees and will benefit students attending the Walker College Campus of Bevill State.
Jack was born July 29, 1929 and died on May 29, 2016 after a long battle with cancer. He was a native of Cordova and a graduate of Cordova High School. He spent his early years as an Army staff sergeant in the 32nd Regiment of the 7th Infantry during the Korean conflict. He was awarded a Purple Heart.
After graduating from Livingston University in 1955, he joined Walker College as a business instructor. In 1957, Jack became business manager of the college. He earned his master’s degree from the Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University in 1959 and received an honorary law degree from Livingston University. In 1974, Jack was named vice president of administration at Walker College and became president of the college in 1988. He retired in 1995. Beyond his service to the college, Jack was also a member of the Jasper Kiwanis Club for many years and a trustee of the Walker College Foundation, Inc.
Following the establishment of the scholarship fund, Randy and Penne Mott said, "The family is so excited about this scholarship opportunity for students. It is a befitting scholarship since Jack's life work was helping students find money through transfer scholarships, federal financial aid, and community donor scholarships. Nothing would have pleased him more than having this scholarship named on his behalf because he dedicatd his life to helping students."
Community members and Walker College alumnus expressed their admiration for Jack in notes following the announcement of his passing. Dorothy Madison recalled Jack as a kind and wonderful instructor whose support enabled her to continue to the University of Maryland and beyond.
Debbie Sanders noted, “Jack Mott was a wonderful, kind, and intelligent gentleman. What a legacy he left for us! He was a Walker College cornerstone and his work will be felt in this community for years.”
Morris Murray, Jr. commented, “Jack was one of the finest men I've ever met. When I taught at Walker College, he always encouraged and provided respect for our educative tasks. A man of graciousness second to none, his legacy will always be one of admiration and unparalleled character of the highest magnitude.”
Tish Gale Eubanks wrote, “I had the pleasure of being in his typing class at Walker College! I learned to love and respect a great educator who knew what it meant to teach the whole child. My world at Walker College was a better place because of him.”
Terri Sparks Dudley noted, “Dr. Mott was one of a kind. When I entered Walker College as a student, he remembered my parents by name...more than twenty years had passed since he had them in class. That was impressive to me. Educators like that don't come along often.”
The Mott scholarship fund is the WCF’s newest endowed scholarship fund following the recently established Dr. David Jack and Mary Ellen Rowland Family Scholarshp Fund. For a complete list of WCF scholarship funds, visit www.wcfdn.org.